Whether it’s your morning must-have for kick-starting the day or a staple of your social life, coffee is a much-loved beverage across the globe - making it crucial that each of us are doing our bit when it comes to environmental impact. Whether it’s ensuring fair wages or protecting the planet during the production process, there are a number of ways that avid coffee drinkers can enjoy the same great flavours with a guilt-free alternative to the typical cup of coffee.
With more and more of us making the move to using barista-style coffee machines in the home, it couldn’t be easier to enjoy coffee exactly the way you like it - but the idea of the waste that comes with single-serve coffee capsules can often seem less than appealing for Earth lovers. Luckily, at Novell Coffee, we’re pioneers in combining mouth-watering coffee flavours with environmentally friendly coffee pods - so you can enjoy your favourite espresso with complete peace of mind.
Rather than being made from plastic or aluminium, these easy-to-use biodegradable coffee capsules deliver the same high standard of coffee in the exact same way as a standard coffee capsule, but will significantly reduce levels of waste. Over time, the biodegradable materials will break down and transform into something that’s harmless to the environment.
While not all biodegradable coffee pods will be compostable, all of our 100% compostable coffee pods are also fully biodegradable. Taking less time to complete the biodegradation process, compostable pods improve the nutrient levels of the soil in the long term - making this a more environmentally friendly alternative.
Fair trade beans are certified by organisations that develop their standards according to the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation and/or FINE (the association of the four main fair trade networks) - ensuring that coffee is produced to the standards of fair trade. Certified fair trade coffee beans have a centrally determined minimum price, guaranteeing a certain income for fair trade farmers. The enforcement of fair trade practices prohibits both child and forced labour - meaning consumers can rest assured that their flavoursome coffee beans were produced and supplied ethically.
Organic coffee beans are grown without the assistance of artificial chemicals, instead using natural fertilisers such as coffee pulp, bocachi and general compost to ensure cleaner beans, water, air and land. Emitting less carbon than chemical farms, organic farms help to combat climate change. Organic fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides can also improve the environment’s resistance to disease - strengthening the sustainability of the plantation and ensuring a healthy habitat for both wildlife and the people living on coffee farms. On a personal level, organic coffee beans are packed with healthy antioxidants - something which many coffee drinkers believe is evident in the taste.
How Coffee Makes Us More Productive
Caffeine is the most used psychoactive substances available in nature. People often experience a more energised mental state after drinking coffee and even tea and it’s a well-known fact that caffeine has a direct impact on our overall productivity. But how does caffeine work exactly?
When caffeine enters your body, it is metabolised by the liver and broken down into three simpler substances, theophylline, paraxanthine and theobromine. It is these caffeine metabolites that make us more productive.